- A rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas in the intestines.
“I’m so hungry that I can’t control the sounds of borborygmus coming from my stomach.”
“The quiet of the lecture hall was interrupted by an abrupt grumble of borborygmus.”
“Borborygmus is nothing to be embarrassed by; we all have rumbling bellies when we’re hungry.”
Greek, early 18th century
Why this word?
“Excuse me! My stomach is talking to me.” The technical word for this euphemism is “borborygmus,” which is any sort of rumbling or gurgling noise made by the belly. “Borborygmus” comes from the Greek word “borborugmos,” which has the same meaning.
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